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Regional Director of Player and Coach Development - Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club


Be the regional channel for continued development, implementation and evaluation of a CRYSC Player Development Plan for the Competitive and Recreational Programs that realize a well supported and empowered cohort of staff, coaches and players in what is ‘The Rapids Way’.
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“To be the heart behind the crest.”

At Rapids Youth Soccer, we focus on whole player development, both on and off the field. We strive for players to develop a lifelong love of the game and use the skills learned through their time with Rapids to allow them to be successful in all they desire to achieve.


Be the regional channel for continued development, implementation and evaluation of a CRYSC Player Development Plan for the Competitive and Recreational Programs that realize a well supported and empowered cohort of staff, coaches and players in what is ‘The Rapids Way’.


1. Win Within - We strive to be the best in all that we are able to control as individuals and as an organization. We look to be recognized locally and nationally for our expertise and efforts to build a forward-thinking and progressive youth soccer organization.

2. In and Up - We look to develop ourselves and those around us working to raise the overall quality and impact of everyone we work with, inside and outside the organization.

3. Keep it Simple, Keep it Small - We work to simplify big thoughts and expectations into community and personal executions.

4. Enjoyment First - We not only enjoy our work, but help those around us enjoy it as well. Additionally, when we win the hearts of our players, their development will improve.

5. Moment of Truth - We recognize the importance of every moment and interaction to create something remarkable.

6. Own It - We own our roles and responsibilities and hold a high standard for the expectations we are held to.



Regional Coach Development

  • Lead, Develop and Deliver on all regional coach development aimed at achieving the outcomes within the Player Development Plan (PDP)
  • Support the development of a coach assessment tool and process that identifies areas of need and prioritizes them in line with the objectives of the PDP
  • Implement a consistent and appropriate Individual Coach Development Plan that is applicable and reinforced with every Rapids coach at the club
  • Support the learning of F/T CRYSC members of staff in relation to the PDP and their own personal development 
  • Create a coach mentor program within your region that increases the levels of support available to Rapids coaches and focuses on the specific needs of development general as well as specifically in relation to PDP topics
  • Reinforce, educate and actively deliver to regional coaches in their understanding of Rapids ‘style of play’ and ‘behaviors’
  • Plan an annual calendar of education within the region that suits the needs of coaches at Recreational, Select and Competitive level in relation to the PDP
  • Contribute to the creation of new and innovative regional education opportunities that underpin the PDP and its associated areas such as methodology, behaviors, style of play, system of play and others.
  • Contribute to club wide activities aimed at furthering coach development such as club wide in-service, residential in-service and domestic and international study visits
  • Support the creation of online content and resources underpinning the PDP


Coach Recruitment

  • Work to support the creation of coach recruitment tools and projects that seek to attract new, developing and experienced coaches that are able to assist in realizing the ambitions of CRYSC as a whole club
  • Collaborate on the creation and delivery of club wide and regional coach recruitment projects aimed at sharing our messages on ‘who we are’, ‘what we do’ and ‘how we do it’.
  • Support the delivery and evolution of Rapids ‘Onboarding’ that sets the standards, expectations and provides new coaches with the direction required to be successful for their players
  • Support the creation of Rapids certification capable of being delivered internally and externally of the club.
  • Identify and recruit coaches and staff in the style, mould and personality that will elevate Rapids coaching practice to a higher level at appropriate age groups
  • Deliver specific coach recruitment initiatives aimed at increasing the diversity of our coaching staff across under-represented groups such as females and various cultural communities.

Player Development

  • Work to implement the PDP at regional level that becomes visible in the development of players on the field via the reinforcement and practical delivery of key messages, innovative special projects and colleague collaboration
  • Understand and reinforce the Rapids Long Term Player Development plan
  • Reinforce, educate and actively deliver to players in their understanding of Rapids ‘style of play’ and ‘behaviors’ in particular
  • Collaborate with colleagues with regards to the creation of performance markers for the recreation and competitive program with regards to player and team progress (in relation to Rapids LTPD goals)
  • Ensure this comprehensive assessment of player progress that contributes to a year long understanding of player progress enabling an appropriate player placement process.
  • Collaborate with Director of Development and Recruitment with regards to her/his club wide focus on supporting coaches and players working at Select level specifically aimed at improving technical and positional specific skills
  • Implementation of club wide ‘special projects’ aimed at developing players in tandem with the Player Development Plan objectives. E.g. Multi-Sport partnerships, cognitive learning, strength and conditioning etc…
  • Manage the regional implementation of Futsal as a key component of our development plan 


  • Manage and deliver the parent education element of our key club messages revolving around PDP. Items such as ‘behaviors’, ‘club methodology’ and generally improving parental understanding of what we do and how we do it.
  • Positively promote consistent messaging via club endorsed channels the process of ‘The Rapids Way’ and it’s values.
  • Support Directors of Coaching in their day to day development and management of their program in a way that is consistent with ‘The Rapids Way’.
  • Adhere to the club’s 24 hour communication policy in all forms of communication; email and voicemail


  • Stakeholder Understanding - Staff, Coaches, Players and Parents understand, recognize and embody the methodology we as club stand for
  • Range of Coaching Opportunities – A range of age and stage relevant education opportunities are available to support the needs of our whole coaching members focused on the objectives of the PDP
  • Coach Development Plans – Every coach of the club has a coach development plan and a mentor that will support their learning journey
  • Quality of Coaching Experience – Our coaching members have a feeling of support and development in their journey as a CRYSC coach
  • Innovation in Education – CRYSC is perceived both internally and externally as an innovative and progressive club with regards to its approach to education its coaching members
  • Playing Style – A successful education program should result in a consistent and visible playing style across all programs

Interested applicants should submit their resume/CV and cover letter to:

Donald Gillies

Technical Director, Colorado Rapids Youth SC 

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